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Editorial Work for Lucky Jefferson

Editorial Illustrations for the Literary Journal Lucky Jefferson, (luckyjefferson.com).


Personal Work


Sketches

Sketches and practice studies.


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"I'm Always Here" - 2021

Short snippet from comic "I'm Always Here".


"Obstruction" - 2021

Page from "Obstruction", a comic about not being able to sleep at night.


Bookbinding

2021 Illustrations, Coptic Bookbinding. 2021.

Road Trip Letters, Coptic Bookbinding. 2021.

Late Nights, Wearable Book. 2021.


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All drawings were made in Photoshop, animated in After Effects, and composited in Premiere Pro.


Concept Art

Character Design sketches, room, and environment layouts for my senior year Game Development Project and short animated film.


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Lost Home, Diorama. March 12, 2020.


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About me

Hello! I'm CJ!I am an artist based in the New York Metropolitan Area. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Interactive Multimedia. My schooling has allowed me to become a jack of all trades, letting me learn skills from UI/UX and web design to video editing and bookmaking.What I'm really passionate about is creating narratives and storytelling through my art. For my personal work, I deal with explorations of journey and identity in a collection of self-portraits that I have been developing throughout the last four years. I work with storytelling in my art to portray the struggles of growing up, family, identity, and my childhood dreams.Previously, I was working as an assistant for a small museum collection, working with major communications technologies throughout the 20th century such as videodiscs, vacuum tubes, and CRTs. Currently I am working as Digital Studio Intern at the publishing company, HarperCollins and I am busy with cleaning pages of a to-be-published graphic novel utilizing my handy Photoshop skills.I enjoy hiking, playing indie games, book collecting, and museum hopping in my free time. Thank you for checking out my work!

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Contact

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CJ Han | Resume


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BFA Senior Solo Exhibition | Breathe

Art and Interactive Multimedia Building - Student Gallery 111
November 3rd - November 14th, 2021.
Opening Reception November 3rd, 5:00 PM - 7:00M PM

Breathe

Breathe is a collection of surreal illustrations and projections. My work for the past few years has been revolving around the theme of journey and identity. I have been working on a collection of self-portraits and narratives that are all connected with each other, a series of self-portraits that are allegories of my life.I create stories to show how I feel inside and make art as an organizational tool to reflect on my life. When starting a piece, I don’t create a fully fleshed-out plan of what everything fully means. In actuality, I find meaning in my art after I complete it. It’s like deciphering a dream or reading tea leaves, trying to make sense of random bits and pieces my hand just automatically puts on my work. When I create something and I observe it after I finish, all my thoughts come together. Everything starts to make a little bit of sense.When viewing my work, I try to unpack my life, to see hidden meanings of my subconscious. To make sense of what I am really wanting or thinking about. I try to understand myself a bit better. Sometimes I don’t have the right words to express how I feel, so instead, I draw it.I work with narratives and storytelling to portray the struggle of growing up, the monotony of life, family, my regrets and uncertainties, and childhood dreams. At this point in my life, I am quite uncertain about what the future holds, so I show myself waiting. Waiting for something to happen. Or traveling. Traveling through time and trying to find myself.


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2022 BFA Senior Thesis Group Exhibition ANTHOLOGY - Welcome to Hopesville

TCNJ Art Gallery, TCNJ
April 25th - May 20th, 2022.
Opening Reception May 1st, 12:00 PM - 3:00M PM

Welcome to Hopesville

Welcome to Hopesville is a series of short animations and illustrations following the narrative of a child trying to navigate and find their own space in an unfamiliar world. The child sets foot on a journey to the utopic land of Hopesville and they pass through a surreal landscape of strange people. Derived from a series of self-portraits and paintings that Han has been developing throughout the last four years, Welcome to Hopesville marks the end of a journey.

Artist StatementI like creating narratives with my art, storytelling has been important to me since I’ve been able to hold a pencil. My friends were mostly adventure and fantasy novels when I was a child, and I would usually daydream of lives I wish I could have had. From an early age, I realized I have a lot to say but not the words to say them. Words trip me up, always having to be careful with what I am saying. Managing my tone of voice, my word choice. It is all so difficult to keep track of and maintain appearances. I needed an outlet to vent the feelings I have inside so in a way art is like therapy and a safe space. I do not create artwork for other people, my artwork is more for me. With art, I don’t feel like I have to explain myself. The viewer can make their own meaning from viewing my work. My work to them will mean something different from what my work means to me. But overall, my work deals with the themes of growing up, the sense of self, and the American Dream.Since I was a young child, I’ve been drilled by my parents about what it means to be successful. I think this is somewhat of a universal experience for most children who grew up in an immigrant household. Society told me if I worked hard and followed the rules I will succeed. But watching life pass by, this is not the case. First-generation immigrants have it hard, sacrificing their dreams so their children could have a better life. And this pressure of this sacrifice weighs heavily on my shoulders.The path I am on now is quite different from what my parents wanted of me. My father stressed that I should work in a government job so I would have stability in my life. But those dreams are at the back of my mind. I think my parents realized their dreams are not my dreams, and now all they want is for me to live a stable life and that I don't struggle as they have struggled.Work is what fulfills our species' essence, I want a life that allows me to live and be creative. I think I have been only living through my art and chasing dreams. Trying to grasp onto something and desperately wanting something more. I have always been considered different and out of the norm. I will just find my own way to be happy and be my own definition of success. Sometimes it’s hard to see how much I have grown and sometimes I think I am not making any progress, but by reworking and reinventing my previous pieces, I can see change.


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